Posted on 2/5/2021

Plan the Perfect Getaway from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes

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Plan the Perfect Getaway from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes

Make time for a vacation this year! It?s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Don?t forget to stop and breathe. Unplug and get away from it all when you travel from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes region for a quiet retreat. Take in the beauty of nature, far away from the city. Read on to learn more about planning the perfect getaway. Then, be sure to download a free copy of our Vacation Guide for thoughtful local insight on what to do during your stay.  

3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Getaway from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes  

1. Determine the Best Mode of Transportation for You  

Planes, trains, and automobiles! Deciding on your mode of transportation is the first step to planning your getaway to the Finger Lakes region. Here are some of the most common of methods for travel for guests arriving from DC:  

By Car | Travel Time: 6 hours 

Whether you?re driving your own car or a rental, you can expect this 332-mile drive to take you about six hours before you reach your destination. One of the best perks of traveling via car is that you?ll be able to stop wherever you like on your way up here!  

By Train | Travel Time:  

Amtrak has service to Ithaca, NY! Once you arrive in Ithaca, the Finger Lakes are just a quick 45-minute drive away. This is an excellent option for anyone that is planning to rent a car during their stay but wants to experience a little train travel.  

2. Map out Must-See Stops Along the Way  


Corning is a charming small town just an hour away from the Finger Lakes region. While you?re there, we recommend checking out the fascinating Museum of Glass! It?s the largest museum of glass art and artifacts in the world.  


Elmira is just a short 25-minute drive from Corning. Here, you can do many things ranging from visiting Mark Twain?s grave to strolling through Eldridge Park. While you?re in town, grab a bite to eat from the Turtle Leaf Caf?!  

Wine Country  

The Finger Lakes is known for its surrounding wine country. There are three major wine trails that you can discover! Wind and wine your way through the Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca Trails. Get a taste of the best wines the region has to offer.  


Ithaca is just 45 minutes outside of the Finger Lakes region. If you love the outdoors, you?ll love stopping here for an adventure! Visit Robert Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake, and the Cascadilla Gorge Trail to stretch your legs in nature. You can also stop to check out Cornell University!  

3. Settle into Your Waterfront Vacation Rental  

Now that you have an idea of how to plan an unforgettable vacation from Washington, DC, to the Finger Lakes, it?s time to decide on the most important part of your getaway: where you will stay! Make the most of your experience in the area when you stay in a beautiful waterfront vacation rental through Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Our beautiful properties set the scene for a restful retreat. Make your dream vacation a reality, and check out our rentals today!  

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